Sequential courses of study are provided for Years 7 to 10 in each of the Key Learning Areas. This is achieved using core units at Year 7, a vertical modular Middle School structure in Years 8 and 9 and a mixture of core and elective subjects at Year 10.
With a large Year 11 and 12 student population the College is able to offer a broad range of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units and has a commitment to the development of Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs. A successful Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) program has been operating since 2003.
The College continues to develop its enrichment and consolidation programs. Students in Years 10 and 11 have the opportunity to accelerate through the VCE by taking higher level units than is the norm for their age cohort. Additionally many Year 12 students undertake university level enhancement studies. A Select Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL) program operates on the Dudley Campus in years 7 to 9.
Other Significant Factors
College staff conduct a range of quality curriculum and co-curricular programs across both campuses.
The College has a tradition of student participation in the Performing Arts, including Music, Drama and the Rock Eisteddfod. The annual Talented Students Concert is a highlight each year and showcases student performances across all year levels. The College stages a musical production every second year, giving students not only the opportunity to perform on stage, but also learn about all aspects of a theatre production from sound and lighting through to hair and make-up. The College is also a member of the highly successful South Gippsland Schools Music Program, with 120 students currently learning an instrument and playing in one of the four school bands.
Wonthaggi Secondary College regularly enjoys sporting success at local, state and national levels, particularly in athletics, swimming, volleyball, surfing, netball, basketball, cricket and football.
Participation in Human Powered Vehicle events is also an established part of the College’s co-curricular program. An annual Human Powered Vehicle Grand Prix is a major feature of the school (and also the community) calendar.
The College is committed to the welfare of its students. To this end a Student Services Coordinator is attached to each campus along with a Careers teacher at the McBride campus. A Managed Individual Pathways (MIPs) Coordinator works at each campus and there is also significant support through the Disabilities and Impairment program.
The staff at Wonthaggi Secondary College are dedicated professional educators who place importance on quality teaching and professional development. Through a well established pastoral care program the College provides a caring, supportive environment whilst also encouraging teamwork, leadership and a sense of belonging. Students are encouraged to develop leadership skills through the Peer Support and Mediation Program, the Student Representative Council and as elected student leaders.
Extensive recreational, sporting and educational facilities are available. These include 2 gymnasiums at the Dudley Campus, a three court stadium at the McKenzie Campus, libraries, canteens, computer centres, theatrette/drama room, tennis courts, ovals and playing fields. The College also enjoys access to extensive community recreational facilities including the indoor heated pool, local beaches and coastal reserves. The College also enjoys access to extensive community recreational facilities including the indoor heated swimming pool, local beaches and coastal reserves.
Other initiatives include extensive outdoor programs, camps and excursions, a Victorian Youth Development Program (VYDP) based on surf – lifesaving.
The extensive grounds and buildings are well maintained and attractive. The College continues to focus on upgrading facilities and grounds.